to our first journal of 2016. We are busy here restocking and getting ready for the spring season. The ground outside may be too wet to do much with at the moment but this is a perfect opportunity to start planning for the coming year and there is plenty to do under cover.
Seeing the Hellebores in flower at this time of year is always a cheering sight and we have grown a couple of super varieties this year - 'Penny's Pink' and 'Emma' as photographed here. Hamamelis (witch hazel) have been blooming throughout the winter months and we also have plenty of winter flowering heathers perfect for containers and window boxes.
Have a grow....
Ready to get the gardening year off to a flying start we have a full stock of vegetable seeds, onion and shallot sets and Scottish seed potatoes. Many of these can be started off under cover early in the season so you can get ahead once soil temperatures have warmed up.
A comprehensive collection of annual and perennial flower seeds is available too including the Sarah Raven range, perfect for colourful borders and cut flowers. We have a collection of micro greens which are ideal for growing on windowsills (no compost is needed) and they are great for adding zing to dishes especially at this time of year. In addition to individual seed packets there is a starter kit which has everything you need to get going including a growing tray and a selection of seeds, priced at only £4.99.
A range of herbs from the renowned herb expert Jekka McVikar is also new for this season. There are some exciting variants on favourites such as Mrs Burns' Lemon Basil as well as some more difficult to source herbs such as purslane and winter savoury. Many varieties of herb can be grown on window sills - perfect to use as needed. The range is beautifully packaged and has hints and tips for use.
Try something new in your borders this summer
Summer flowering bulbs and tubers are fantastic for bringing a real touch of exotic to borders and containers during the summer months. Dahlia and lilies can be started of in small pots and planted in situ once the weather is warmer. We have a stunning range of Dahlia tubers in stock with many varieties recommended by the National Dahlia Society. There is a selection of dwarf lily bulbs perfect for pots. These bulbs and tubers can be lifted, dried and stored from one season to the next.
Gladioli have had a resurgence in popularity recently and the colour range available is wonderful - from soft pastel shades to hot oranges and reds. They are so easy to grow in borders and great for late summer colour.
Classic and Modern Roses
New season roses are in stock now. As always we have plenty of old favourites, modern varieties and roses which are perfect as gifts for all occasions.
New to our selection this year are a number of varieties from Peter Beales roses who are award winning breeders of classic garden roses. There are classic shrub roses such as 'Leah Tutu' which is a rich, golden yellow and 'St Ethelburga' which is soft pink with a good scent. We also have some climbing roses in this range - 'Highgrove' a rich, deep red, 'Notre Dame de Calais' scented, creamy lemon and 'Sir Paul Smith' a classic, deep pink and very fragrant.
In addition, some recently introduced varieties available include 'Bella Rosa' which is a two toned patio rose, 'Charisma' a gorgeous deep pink heavily scented hybrid tea and 'Jam & Jerusalem' a floribunda with salmon, orange and yellow blended flowers.
As always, we have a fabulous range of plants in stock so we hope you will visit soon!
All images in this newsletter are pictures of our own stock photographed on site.
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